Rivers State deputy governor, Mr. Tele Ikuru, has said that he was deceived into dumping the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in December 2013 to join the All Progressives Congress (APC).
This is as the embattled deputy governor, who announced his defection back to the PDP on Sunday, is alleged to have packed out of his official quarters, located in the Old GRA, Port Harcourt, and moved into his personal residence.
Ikuru, who spoke on Monday in Port Harcourt during a reception organised by the leadership of PDP in the state to welcome him back to their fold, said Governor Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi made him believe that joining the APC was the new order.
The deputy governor defected with some of his supporters including former deputy mayor of Port Harcourt City local government area, Hon Victor Ere, secretary of APC in Andoni local government area, Hon Kingston Silvanus, amongst others.
He said, “I was deceived, I must confess. I was told that it was the new order. I did not know that it was all about the ambition of an individual. I say big thank you to you all (PDP members) because when I was deceived out of PDP, if all of you had not stood your ground to keep the party alive, where would I have returned to? In our darkness, we thought that we were in the right place.
“What is happening in Rivers State today will haunt all of us if we allow it to go unchallenged.”